Rising UK producer Draper has long been making his mark on the house scene. Recently signed to Nettwerk Records, the Kent-born music maker has produced everything from house, indie, drum and bass, and pop. More than just a producer, Draper regularly writes his music and carefully chooses vocalists for each of his tracks. His “Luminous” EP was unleashed in early 2017 and was met with huge reception upon release. Fans knew it would only be a matter of time before the rising star was back with more new music. That new music arrived just days ago in the form of an indie-pop single “Worst Of Us”. The release feels like a crossover of dance, pop, and indie landing it as a triple threat release. Here’s what Draper had to say about the track.
“It’s about being part of a team, and no matter how crazy, how stupid, or how drunk you get it doesn’t matter. The worst of us is essentially about falling in love with a person’s flaws, and being 100% ok with every single one of them.”
RaverRafting was able to sit down with Draper in order to learn more about the story behind the single, future releases, and upcoming EP. You can listen and stream Draper’s newest release on Spotify here. Without further ado, this is RaverRafting’s exclusive interview with Draper!
Tell me a little bit about the production of “Worst Of Us”, is there a story behind it?
Draper: It’s a song about trust and falling for someone who’s seen the best and worst of you but sticks with it!
How did you arrive at choosing the vocalist for this release?
Draper: I’ve been working with Alice for quite a while and we’re both like minded with our styles so the writing is very easy.
In addition to producing the track, you also wrote it?
Draper: Absolutely! I write and produce everything I put out. Obviously I get help with featured vocalists and the lyric writing process is predominantly the artist.
Your Luminous EP was a huge hit, do you have a forthcoming EP in mind or in the works?
Draper: The next EP is in the works, yes. The first single will be dropping in the next couple of months and I can’t wait to announce what I’ve got coming up!
Would you say the majority of your productions cater more towards the indie genre?
Draper: Producing for other people allows me to get involved with lots of other genres like more indie styled stuff, but my music is mainly electronic pop with impact!
On the topic of genres, do you think artists should stick to a particular genre or let their intuition guide them?
Draper: Artists should simply be creative. Writing whatever comes naturally is how to express who you really are, forcing a genre on music is very limiting and sounds manufactured.
In terms of collaborations, are there any vocalists or producers you really want to work with in the future?
Draper: Tons! A lot of up coming artists that I’d love to get involved with. I won’t name anyone in particular because I’d like the surprise of actually getting to work with them.
You’re based in the UK, can you compare the dance scene there to other parts in the world? Let’s say the United States in particular.
Draper: The dance scene in america is colossal. The UK is a bit more conservative with its attraction to electronic music whereas the US have full blown commercial festivals dedicated to electronic music.
Any underground spots in the UK that you really like to perform at or go to?
Draper: If there are some cool underground spots I need to find them!
Lastly, what plans do you have for the rest of 2017 in terms of touring or productions?
Draper: For the rest of the year I will have some big announcements regarding the next EP and that will really dictate how I progress for the rest of the year! But lots of music essentially!
Photo: Rebecca Hughes Photography